Admission to Clark's graduate programs is open to holders of the bachelor's degree or its equivalent and is determined on a competitive basis. The Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology Doctoral program accepts graduate students who are able to pursue graduate study on a full-time basis during the day. We do not offer a terminal master's program. All applicants must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) by the commencement of doctoral studies.
When your completed application is received, the Graduate Admissions Office will forward your application to the Admissions Committee. The time it takes to receive a decision will vary depending on the program to which you apply and when your application is submitted. Once a decision has been reached, you will be notified via email and your status in the application portal will be updated.
Create an account on ouronline application portal to complete your Clark Graduate School Application and upload any additional credentials as required.
Application fee: $75 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application.
Personal statement: In order to assure best fit between faculty and student body, we ask that you write a statement indicating why you think the Psychology program at Clark is best suited for your academic and career goals. Your essay should deal with the following issues:
Areas of psychology and theoretical orientation of most interest to you.
Faculty members you find most in accord with your interests.
Research you have done or would like to do.
Autobiographical information relevant to your pursuit of graduate work at Clark.
Resume/CV: Required: CV listing should include your employment and educational history, published books or papers, conference presentations, inventions or other creative work.
Writing sample: Include a copy of one or more papers you have written that are good representations of your interests and the way in which you think and write about them. You should be sole author of at least one of these papers.
Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendations must be submitted with the application. Letter writers should be able to judge the applicant's intellectual and analytical ability (i.e., ability to differentiate and synthesize), oral and written communication skills, independence, initiative and drive necessary for success in graduate course work and research.
Test scores: Please have any required test scores sent to Clark University Graduate Admissions:
All transcripts that are submitted as part of your application must be translated into English prior to submission. Transcripts from international programs that do not include the original language and the English translation will not be considered for admission. If you submit an official final transcript, please make sure to include confirmation of earned degree.
We ask that all international applicants refrain from sending financial documents as part of their application for admission. Financial documents will be needed only after you have received an offer of admission and choose to enroll at Clark University.
After you accept the offer of admission and pay the non-refundable deposit, the following items are needed:
International Student Information Form
A copy of your passport
Bank statement that is no more than 6 months old*
Signed Affidavit of Support if the bank statement is not in your name and if you will not be using personal funds to finance your education*
Upload the documents listed above to your online application account.
*The bank statement and affidavit of support are needed for those who would like Clark University to issue an I-20 form (for students who want to obtain an F-1 student visa) or a DS-2019 (for students who want to obtain a J-1 visa)
Obtaining a student visa
After you upload the documents listed above, your information will be reviewed by Clark University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). In most cases, the ISSO will issue an I-20 or DS-2019 form so that you can apply for a student visa. The I-20 form or DS-2019 form will be sent to you along with detailed steps on the visa application process. Here is a brief overview of the visa acquisition process:
Read the I-20 or DS-2019 to make sure all of the information is accurate.
Health insurance is required for all international students. U.S. students may waive the charge with proof of comparable coverage. Learn more about health insurance.
Full-time graduate students are encouraged to live on campus if possible; thus, the chart above reflects the estimated cost of on-campus housing and living expenses (utilities, internet service, cable service and laundry). Learn more about on-campus housing options. If you are a full-time graduate student, and you choose to live off campus, your housing costs will depend on the apartment and utilities you choose, whether you have roommates and whether you incur additional living expenses. You can search for off-campus housing by visiting this listings page.
Research and teaching assistantships
The department typically provides tuition remission and a nine-month graduate assistantship stipend to all first-year students except those who have successfully obtained external funding.
The two primary types of stipends available include:
Research assistantships (RAs): Negotiated with individual faculty members who have the funds to hire a graduate student research assistant. RAs currently pay a stipend of $17,015 for the academic year and sometimes continue through the summer.
Teaching assistantships (TAs): Provided to students who are unable to procure an RA or who wish to develop experience in teaching, contingent on satisfactory performance in prior years. TAs receive stipends on a semester-by-semester basis. Before becoming a TA, students must attend the university’s TA workshop. TAs currently pay a stipend of $17,015 for the academic year.
Funding usually is provided through your third year and frequently through your fourth year as well. While the department cannot guarantee your assistantship beyond the first year, funding through your fourth year is a departmental priority if you are making continued good progress towards the Ph.D.
You must dedicate 17.5 hours to your assistantship work. Your remaining time should be devoted to your progress within the department (i.e., coursework, portfolio, dissertation).
If you are receiving departmental funding, you should not engage in outside employment, unless such employment is clearly in your educational interest. If you have identified such opportunities, you may request permission in writing to your faculty advisor, program director and department chair to take such outside employment.
Through the generous support of the Frances L. Hiatt Fund, the department may be able to provide financial support for your research activities, including:
Summer funds as you finish your first full year in the graduate program.
$150 to support work on your independent research project during your first year, $300 to support the completion of your project in your second year and $500 to support the completion of your dissertation.
Travel each calendar year to a conference where you are first author on a paper or poster.
The first step to enrolling in any graduate program is to submit the enrollment form. To do so, you’ll need to log in using the credentials established when you first started your application.
Step 2: Decide where you will live
Clark offers several kinds of on-campus housing for graduate students, so you can take advantage of all that university life has to offer. The estimated costs on the tuition and financial expenses tab are based on graduate students who choose to live on campus, which is encouraged. If you’re interested in on-campus housing, you’ll need to read the Graduate Student Housing page, which informs about instructions, rates, necessary forms and how to submit the $1,000 graduate housing deposit to reserve a space. All Clark graduate housing options include most additional living expenses, such as utilities, Internet and cable service and laundry. If you choose to live off campus, your housing costs will depend on which apartment you choose and whether you have roommates and other living expenses. You can search for off-campus housing by visiting this listings page.
Massachusetts state law requires all full-time students who enroll in one of the state's public or private colleges or universities to be immunized against diphtheria; tetanus; measles, mumps and rubella; hepatitis B and meningitis. To comply with state health requirements, you’ll need to provide documentation of your immunization history. We’ll provide you with the necessary forms as part of your enrollment package and we’ll need them back by July 1 if you’re enrolling for the fall semester and December 15 if you’re enrolling for the spring semester.
Step 4: Submit your final transcript
If you were still working on your undergraduate degree when you applied to Clark, you’ll need to send us your final official transcripts and certificate of graduation, if applicable, that show you’ve been awarded an undergraduate degree to:
Graduate Admissions Office
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
Keep in mind that your admission to any program is contingent upon receipt of that transcript.